Gifts and calling
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29
If you are anything like me, you have probably messed up a lot in life. However, as much as I missed it, the gifts and abilities that God gave me always showed up. I used them at my jobs and in my homes, though I only was doing what I needed to do to survive. The talents and skills still needed to be developed and grown. I didn’t realize that I was being successful many times because of God’s blessing and because of the abilities God equipped me with. All that God had put in me from the beginning, had never changed and never will. I just didn’t use them for the right purpose. It was all about me, mine and surviving.
You can quite easily see this in the world today. It is really how most people live. Some may look very successful because they have a lot of things and money, but they are empty inside because they are using what God gave them to use for His kingdom progress for their own glory.
In today’s reading, Paul is talking again about the people of Israel rejecting their Messiah, Jesus. He says that because they did not receive their Savior, they have been cut off from the from the root, or the source of salvation. We as people outside of the Jewish nation have been grafted/implanted to the root. He also says that the Hebrew people can be grafted back in because that was God’s original plan to begin with. He has not shut them off completely. No, His desire is to have them come back and be reattached to the root. His calling to them and His gifts are irrevocable and have not and will not ever change.
Today I want to encourage you to take a look at the gifts and calling on your life. Consider if you are using them for God’s glory and Kingdom purposes. If you conclude that you are using them solely for your own survival or success, turn them over to your Father today. If you are not sure what He has gifted you or called you to, spend some time talking to Him about it. Ask Him to reveal to you the strengths He has placed within you. One technique I have discovered is to do a little extreme dreaming. What I am talking about is think about what you would like to do if you didn’t have to think about survival. If time and money were not an issue, what is in your heart to do. The dream may not look doable, but it will reveal the desire of your heart. You will finally understand what you were created for because it is what you have been gifted and called to do. Those gifts and that call will never go away, so you might as well surrender it to Him today and fulfill all that is inside you to do.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 11